The Butler and the Ball will screen at Expo 2020 Dubai as part of The Great Indian Film Festival, running March 7-9, 2022, in Dubai.
The Butler and the Ball will screen on March 7 at 10:25pm in the Indian Pavilion. The session will kick off at 8pm with India’s Bittu, one of ten shortlisted films in the Live Action Short Film category for last year’s 93rd Academy Awards.
Over 50 short films and documentaries from 18 countries will be presented over 3 days. This year’s jury consists of Indian actors Gajraj Rao, Gulshan Grover and Jaaved Jaaferi, French producer Bruno Smadja, Dr Rebecca, and Richard Trombly who has worked for The Hollywood Reporter.
The Butler and the Ball, an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer, was directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert. The film has screened in France, Wales, India, Iran, Romania, Estonia, South Korea, Australia, Serbia, Greece, Canada, and the United States. Awards include Best of Festival Award for Best International Young People’s Film at the Children’s International Film Festival of Wales, Best Young Director – Live Action at Kids Video Connection Children’s Film Festival, Best Kids-Made Film at the San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival, the Under 10 category at the Prague Youth Film Festival, and Best Youth – 18 at Alder International Short Film Festival.